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Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folder Folio Tutorial for Frilly & Funkie         “You’ve Got to Know When to Fold ’em” Challenge

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to another fabulous challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog!  I’m the hostess this month, so I got to choose the theme.  Hooray!   I love to create all kinds of fancy fold cards and folios and the “You’ve Got to Know When to Fold “em” theme reflects that. Graphic 45’s brand spankin’ new Vintage Hollywood collection has been calling to me, so I created this Four Fold Folio tutorial to share with you today.  Before we start, let’s take a look at the details for this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme: You’ve Got to Know When to Fold ‘Em
This challenge is all about using folded paper in a way that goes beyond just folding it in half. Create a vintage or shabby chic project that uses folded paper in a way that elevates the design. You can make a fancy fold card, or add folded embellishments to a card or layout.

The one and only Wendy Vecchi was gracious enough to share her new 2017 CHA releases with the team, so we have been featuring her products in our three latest challenges.  It’s been really fun to see how Wendy’s products work with each individual team member’s unique style and perspective.  If you have Wendy products in your stash, we’d love for you to use them as you play along, however it is not required.

Go grab a drink and a snack to sustain you.  Tutorials tend to be long posts with lots of photos.  I don’t want you to faint!

A One Sheet Wonder

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 1 This folio is a “one sheet wonder” meaning that the entire folio base can be made using just one sheet of 12×12 cardstock.  I find it amazing that you can fit pockets, tags, and a waterfall feature into a folio made from one sheet of cardstock!  The best thing about this sort of album is that you can easily complete it in a day or less.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 2Paper dolls were a favorite childhood toy for me, so I was thrilled to receive Wendy’s wonderful Paper Doll  in my design team package of goodies.   The set comes with a lovely cling stamp of this beautiful vintage lady and a matching stencil.  You can use just the stamp, of course, but it’s so much more fun to invite the stencil to the party!  Of course you can use texture paste through the stencil.  You can also use the stencil as a template to trace onto paper, as I did here.

First, I stamped the image onto ultra smooth white cardstock. Next, I traced the hat bands, the hair and the collar onto designer paper and trimmed it out.  Then I  paper pieced the fussy cut bits onto the stamped image.  To finish the face, I placed the stencil over the image and used a blender tool to add Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar and Antique Linen Distress Inks to the face.  There is even a stencil for the lips, which made it very easy to add Candied Apple “lipstick” to this glamorous starlet!  Finally, I brushed the image with Distress Vintage Collage medium.

A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 3This dimensional folio is tied shut with lovely Antique Gold Silky Crush Ribbon.  It adds just the right touch of “glam” , shimmer and shine.  You can get a glimpse of the staggered pages from this shot, but let’s go ahead and take a look inside the album.

Four Fold Folio Tutorial Section One: Tiny Tags and Pockets

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 4This one sheet wonder contains 3 sections.  In the first section, the pages measure 3″ x 5″.  I created little pockets and tags for this section.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 5 Inkssentials #5 Kraft Tags fit perfectly into these little pockets.  Each tag measures 2 3/8″ x 4 3/4″.  Dress the tags up with chipboard pieces, border strips and gorgeous vintage images.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 6  The patterned papers in this collection have a great Art Deco feel.  Use Tammy Tutterow’s Tabs One Die to mark off each section in the folio.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 7If you like to fussy cut…you will love this collection!

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 8To make a custom charm like this one, simply add an image from the small postage stamps in the collection to the back of the frame.  Then tap the frame with Vintaj Patina paints and tie it onto the tag.

Four Fold Folio Tutorial Section Two: Waterfall Feature

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 9Waterfall features are a great way to add an interactive element to a project.  I used Tammy Tutterow’s Waterfall One here.  First, I cut four bracket edged dies from black cardstock.  Then I cut four more from patterned paper.  Glue the patterned paper over the black base so that a tiny black border peeks out.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 10Belly Bands hold tiny images from the 8×8 paper collection.  Slip 3″ square photos behind the belly bands and journal on the backs of the small images.

Four Fold Folio Tutorial Section 3: A Spot for larger photos

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 11The next section measures 3.25″ x 6.5″ and can hold larger photos.  Glue just the bottom edge of your images to the album base so that photos can be slipped behind.

Four Fold Folio Tutorial Section 4: Pockets and Inserts

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 12The final section of the folio features two pockets with inserts.  The back page measures a full 5″ x 7″ and can hold full sized photos.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo13Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 14Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 15Here’s a look at the album cover and back.  You can really get a sense of the staggered edges of the album here.

Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Would you like to build this one sheet wonder?  I thought you might, so I went ahead and prepared a YouTube tutorial with step by step instructions for building the album base and pockets.

Now It’s Your Turn

The Frilly and Funkie team always invites you to play along with us.  Dig into your crafty stash and create any vintage or shabby chic project that uses folded paper in a way that elevates the design.  Then link up your project over at the Frilly and Funkie blog.

At the end of the challenge the design team will select our top four picks. The first place winner will be our Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Celebrate Spring with Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Tutorial

Celebrate Spring with Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Tutorial

Hello, G’45’ers!  When I was a little girl, I spent many happy hours reading books.  I was often sick and confined to bed, but books transported me to many magical and enchanting places.  One of my favorite childhood books was Frances Hodgson Burnette’s Secret Garden.  I loved reading how Mary and Dickon discovered and restored that secret walled garden. While they were busy digging in the dirt and growing flowers, a true friendship blossomed as well.  It’s still a favorite today, and thinking about spring always brings fond memories of this lovely tale.  Naturally, I had to break out my Graphic 45 Secret Garden Deluxe Collector’s Edition papers and create a little tribute to spring.

Don’t you just love this sentiment? “Where you tend a rose, a thistle cannot grow.”  You could build your life around wisdom like that!  The base of this album is a Graphic 45 Staples 5×7 Kraft Book Box.  I created a shaker top and then decorated with pretty trims and Petaloo Canvas Briar Roses.

Shake Things Up with a Clear Acetate Cardstock Cover

Shake up your design by adding a shaker element to the box cover.  After you create your cover design (but before you glue it to the top of the box) go all the way around the edges with foam tape.  Fill the center with sequins, buttons, glitter, or small chipboard pieces like the ones I used here.  Peel off the liner from the top of the foam tape, place the trimmed acetate on top and press the edges to seal.  I added this pretty rose trim around the edges to finish everything off.

It’s very hard to photograph anything that is covered in clear acetate, but I gave it my best effort!  Those are real lavender buds inside the acetate along with sequins and small chips from the collection .

Altering Metal Staples

I wanted the album to have a real shabby chic feel, so I painted all my Graphic 45 Metal Staples with a coat of “Whisper” Chalk paint from Americana Decor.  When the first layer dried, I tapped the raised edges with Tattered Rose Distress Paint to create custom shabby chic metal accents. Then you can fill the piece with pretty flowers as I did here.

Or tuck a word inside the label holder as I did here. The spine is decorated with fussy cut images from the collection, Petaloo Sage Vintage Velvet Hydrangea and some vintage buttons from my stash.

The box is held shut with a 1.5″ Ivory Crushed Satin Ribbon and bow.   Would you like to see what’s inside?

I thought you might!  Just as Mary’s Secret Garden was hidden behind an old wall, this sweet little tag album is hidden inside the box.  It’s loaded with fold out pages, tiny folios, pull tabs and all kinds of wonderment.

Inside the front cover of the album, I created a pocket that I filled with sweet springtime greeting card.

Oh, how I love this collection!

Secret Garden Tag Album on YouTube

Rather than fill the blog up with dozens of photos, I prepared a very short 3 minute video that you can watch.

Snapguide Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Tutorial

As you saw in the video, the tag album is loaded with lots of fun fold outs and inserts.  I thought you might enjoy learning how I made the tag album, so I prepared a SnapGuide tutorial for you.

Check out How to Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Insert by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

How to Make the Secret Garden Card

If you’d like to make the sweet card that is tucked in the front pocket of the album, I also prepared a SnapGuide Tutorial showing you how to build those layers and create the card.
Check out How to Quick & Easy Secret Garden Card W/Graphic 45 by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Secret Garden Tag Album Supply List

I hope I’ve brought a little springtime into your life today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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Decide to Be Yourself Easel Album with G45 Portrait of a Lady

Decide to Be Yourself Easel Album: Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady CHA Project

Hello, G45’ers!  I’m excited to be sharing another project that graced the Graphic 45 Booth at CHA/Creativation last month.  Portrait of a Lady is such an elegant collection filled with gorgeous colors and patterns.  But it’s also loaded with inspirational sentiments like the one that inspired me to make this Decide to Be Yourself Easel Album.  Go grab a drink and a snack as there are loads of photos, a video tour and some designer tips that I’d love to share with you today.

The easel album measures 8″ square and comes with 12 kraft pages in a spiral binding.  I used the signature image on the cover along with a row of pretty little banner flags, some fussy cut perfume bottles, Petaloo flowers, ribbon, twine and vintage buttons.  To age the papers, I spattered them with diluted white acrylic paint.

Are you swooning yet?  Oh, how I love these papers!

Highlight small elegant images by framing them.  Bring out the design in an ornate frame by tapping raised areas with Tattered Rose Distress Paint. Dig into your stash of vintage lace, trims and vintage style buttons because this collection fairly cries out for such additions!

Here is a side view so you can see the easel that allows the album to stand upright for display.

A Peek Inside

Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.  That’s the quote that inspired this project.  Such wisdom!  The thought process behind the design was to create an inspirational decor piece that could be changed out as time passes.  And you knew there had to be a pocket somewhere, didn’t you?

Here are a few of my favorite interior pages.

Portrait of a Lady Easel Album Video Tour On YouTube

If I sound a little “off” or tired in this video it’s due to a horrible virus that hit me during the Christmas holiday.  I was still recovering when this video was made.

Thanks so much for letting me share this album with you today.  I hope you are inspired to go and create something beautiful!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List

  • Portrait of a Lady 12×12 papers
    • Portrait of a Lady
    • Diana
    • Josephine
    • Catherine
    • Sophia
    • Grace
    • Isabella
    • Elizabeth
    • Blanche
    • Victoria
    • Maria
  • Graphic 45 Staples 8×8 Easel Album
  • Graphic 45 Staples Regular Black Policy Envelopes
  • Graphic 45 Staples ATC Black Policy Envelopes
  • Staples Kraft Alphabet Banner Tags
  • Cardstock (several sheets each for photo mats) pink, green, kraft, white
  • Petaloo Flowers
    • White Botanica Blooms x4
    • White Hydrangea Blossoms x24
    • DIY Ivory Burlap Picks

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All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album

Petaloo Pets Week: All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album

Hello, Friends!  Are you enjoying Petaloo Pets week?  Yesterday I celebrated dogs with a sweet little shabby chic folio.  Today, it’s all about CATS!  This All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album is purr-fectly shabby chic, filled with fun interactive elements and loaded with simple techniques you can use in any crafty endeavor.  Let’s take a look,. shall we?

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 1While straightening up the Closet of Shame, I ran across this nifty mini album base.  Made with heavy book board, the album had plain kraft covers and a handy ring binder mechanism.  I dressed it up with papers from Authentique’s Devoted collection, a canvas spine and lots of shabby chic details.

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 2The focal image is this pretty kitty in an altered Prima frame.  Paints and seed beads add whimsy and texture to the formerly white frame.  The frame is surrounded by gorgeous Petaloo flowers, custom dyed seam binding ribbon, novelty buttons and a second, smaller vintage framed image.

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 3The frame was painted with a cream chalk paint followed by a light coat of Tattered Rose Distress Paint.  Finally, I tapped the raised edges with Vintage Photo Distress paint to make them pop.

Every shabby chic project needs flowers!  For this album, I’ve added Teal Mini Wild Roses, Blue Mini Wild Roses, Teal Forget me Nots, Antique Beige Wild Roses and Ivory Burlap Textured Blossoms from Petaloo, of course!

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 4I didn’t like the plain kraft spine, so I dressed it up with a strip of canvas that I attached with Scor-Tape.  The nubby texture and ivory fabric add to the shabby chic vibe.  This little antique bronze lion charm added just the right touch of whimsy to the spine.

Thinking outside the button box

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 5If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know I have a “thing” for buttons.  This love for buttons started when I was a child and my mom let me string buttons from my grandmother’s button box while I was sick in bed.  In later years, I inherited that button box along with all the beautiful vintage buttons inside it.  Like most collections, it grew…and grew…and grew!  Thankfully, I love to use buttons to embellish my projects.

For this fun button feature, I encircled a “framed” image with pretty buttons.  But do you want to guess how that frame was made?  Yep.  It’s a big button!  I used a paper punch to cut out the sweet vintage image of the girl and her kitty, glued it into the center of the button and then filled the button with Glossy Accents.  That’s how you think outside the button box!

It’s OK to Stagger!

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 6When cutting the pages for this mini album, I decided it would be fun to create pages that were sized and shaped differently.

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 7These staggered edges lend a playful, whimsical feel to the album and invite you to turn pages, open folders and peek inside pockets.

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album YouTube Video

Because I find it hard to really get a feel for the flow of a mini album with still photos, I created this YouTube video tour.  In the tour, I share tips for using scraps, creating custom embellishments and making interactive elements.  I hope you enjoy!

Thank you so much for joining me here today!  If you have any questions about this project, feel free to ask in the comment section below.

Cheerio,

kathy

All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio

Petaloo Pets Week: All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio

Hello, Friends!  Do you have a furry friend that adds sunshine and joy to your life?  This week at Petaloo we’re celebrating Petaloo Pets with loads of great pet themed projects.  I’ve prepared a couple fun little albums with that in mind.  Today’s All You Need is Love and a Dog folio has a great shabby chic/vintage vibe.  All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 1Don’t you just love that adorable little girl and her Pug?  This 5×7 folio has been made from a card base.  It’s a simple design.  Create a 5×7 card base, and add one extra score line a quarter of an inch from the fold.  This will give you a 1/4″ spine, allowing you to fill the inside with all sorts of fun inserts.

All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 2Authentique Papers made me break my New Year’s Resolution to refrain from buying any new paper pretties when they released their Devoted collection. (She hangs her head in shame.) l fell completely in love with the shabby chic patterns, colors and images.  Yes, friends…it found its way into the Closet of Shame.

All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 3Every Shabby Chic project needs flowers!  To pick up on the antique pinks and blues in the papers, I added Petaloo Spice Anemones, Teal Forgetmenots, and Ivory Burlap Blossoms.   When I’d finished layering all the elements on the cover, I spattered diluted black paint to amp up the vintage vibe.

All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 4Here’s a peek at the inside of the folio.  The top half contains a really fun fold out feature with waterfall, pockets, tags and photo mounts.  The bottom pocket contains several photos mounts bound together with a slide off belly band.

All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio YouTube Video Tour

Because I think it is difficult to get the feel for an interactive folio like this one, I’ve prepared a YouTube video tour.  In it, I show you how the various elements work and I share lots of tips for creating interactive features like the ones in this folio. I hope you enjoy!

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comment section below.  I love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Shabby Chic Winter Hues Mini Album

Frilly and Funkie Challenge: Shabby Chic Winter Hues Mini Album

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to another fun challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  This time around the fabulous Suzz is our hostess and the theme is Winter Hues.  I pulled out all sorts of lovely blue and white goodies from so many different companies to create this little Shabby Chic Winter Hues Mini Album.  This is the product mash up of all product mash ups! We’ll take a closer look in a second.  But first, let’s see what Suzz has to say about this challenge:

Winter time brings such a beautiful mix of colors. This challenge requires you use any or all of the following colors: blue, white, silver, gray in your vintage or shabby chic project.

I hope you will link up and play along with us.  The design team will chose their favorite project from all the entries and invite that artist to join us for a guest designer spot on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The top three choices will receive a badge to display proudly on their blogs.  And everyone who plays along and follows the guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 shopping spree at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  What fun!  You can link up and find all the details HERE.

I have loads of photos and tips to share with you, so let’s get this party started!

Shabby Chic Winter Hues Mini Album

Let me start by saying how much fun I had creating this little album.  I cut medium weight chipboard to measure 3 5/8″ by 5.5″ and cut a spine to measure 1.5″ x 3 5/8″.  Sticky back canvas covers the spine and wraps around  to span the front and back covers.

I love making little albums like this “from scratch.”  To keep with Suzz’ directive to use shades of blue, white, silver and grey, I dipped into my Graphic 45 Place in Time and Botanical Tea papers and Pion Designs Shoreline Treasures and Paris Flea Market.  I’ve used Tammy Tutterow Spellbinder dies throughout the album, and I think you’ll be excited to see how they have been employed.

A Happy Accident

The pretty blue pinstripe paper is from Pion Designs Shoreline Treasures.  I wanted to keep the cover pretty clean and simple to sort of echo the way the world looks after a fresh snowfall.

Tammy’s innovative snowflake stamp is designed in such a way that it automatically creates a shadow layer every time you stamp it.  My thought was to Stamp it in French Blue Archival Ink.  Then I traced around it very quickly using Art Institute dries clear glue.  The plan was to then sprinkle the glue with superfine glitter.  Which I thought I grabbed from my bin.  But…guess what?

I grabbed superfine white embossing powder instead.

(Insert panic attack here.)

Once I calmed down, I decided I might as well just roll with the punches.  What’s done is done.  So I went ahead and heat embossed the glue/embossing powder mixture.

Happy accident!

It created this really cool raised edge effect on the snowflake. I think you can pick it up just a little in this close up shot.  But in real life, it looks slightly shiny and as this cool bumpy texture.  I would totally do this again on purpose.

Before gluing the snowflake in place, I put down a layer of Ivory Silky Crush Ribbon and gorgeous Venise lace trim.  These were attached with 1/2″ Scor-Tape and 1/8″ red line tape.  Then I fussy cut images from the January page of Place in time and layered those over the snowflake.

Wool felt Pom Pom Posies make the perfect floral  cluster.  I added in lots of vintage buttons from my button stash.  The tab in the top right corner is cut with Tammy’s die as well.

Paper Bag Pocket Pages

Say THAT 3 times really fast!  Tammy has this darling paper bag pocket die that makes great mini album pages.  See what you think.

The pockets were cut from white cardstock and then embellished with designer papers.  There’s a slash pocket on the left.

I filled it up with a little vintage button card and a post card from Place in Time.  Petaloo Vintage Velvet Hydrangea Blossoms add a fun touch of texture and sparkle.

Versatility in a die is a wonderful thing.  This sentiment is written on Tammy’s Mini Tag Book Die.  I trimmed off the bottom edge so that it would fit the scale of this mini album then decorated it with crochet lace and vintage buttons.

The paper bag die comes with a sweet little insert and I cut a bunch of these to go inside the pockets as photo mounts.  Each is decorated with another of Tammy’s Tab Dies and a vintage button.

This little paper spool is from the Paris Flea Market collection.  I wrapped it with Venise lace and a vintage button.  Isn’t it just too shabbylicious for words?

And here we are at the end.  Since I had one more little die cut bag, I went ahead and glued it to the inside cover.

I love the soft, nostalgic feel of this shabby chic winter hues mini album, don’t you?  Combining so many different textures adds interest to the simple design.

I hope I’ve shared some ideas you can use here.  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Peek-A Boo Baby Boy Shortie Tag Album

Tammy Tutterow Designs Baby Boy Shortie Tag Album

Hello, Friends!  Sometimes when an idea comes into your head, you have to drop everything and create.  I woke up with the design for this Baby Boy Shortie Tag Album in my head, then spent a few delightful hours in my studio bringing it to life.  What fun!

Snips, Snails & Puppy Dog Tails Baby Boy Shortie Tag Album

All together now….”awwwwwww!”   This is one of those projects I wish you could hold in your hands because it is so stinkin’ tiny and cute, cute, cute!  I used Tammy Tutterow’s amazing Shortie Tag Album Die with Kaisercraft Peek-a-Boo boy papers to put this together.  (You’ll find product links and a supply list below the post.)

Making this shortie tag album is loads of fun.  I simply die cut 3 tags from white cardstock.  The Shortie Tag Album Die comes with 6 decorative edge dies, so I ran each tag through my Spellbinder Platinum machine a second time to add the fancy edge. Each tag is about 3″ wide by about 4.5″ tall. The finished album is the perfect size for a brag book.

I used Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Inks to color the edges of my tags, then spritzed with water.  Next I lightly sponged each edge with Vintage Photo Ink to create a border effect.  While I was at it, I cut the designer papers to measure 2 7/8″ x 3 1/2″ and inked all those edges as well.  The shortie tag album  comes with a handy little reinforcement tab die that I added to each die cut tag.

That cutie pie little boy image is mounted to a wool felt flower that I die cut with Tammy’s Floweret Posies Die.  I sponged the edges lightly with Tumbled Glass ink to add a sweet textural element to the cover.

A Light Bulb Moment!

One of the things I love about working with Tammy’s dies is their versatility.  As I was laying out all the components for this little brag book, a light bulb went off in my brain.  I realized I could use the book pages from Tammy’s Mini Tag Book die to create itty bitty folios throughout the tag album.  Eureka!  I love when that happens.  See that little white clothespin?  It’s holding the folio on the cover shut.

A Peek Inside

How fun is this?  An interactive front cover that opens to hold itty bitty (2.75″ square) photos of baby.  It’s a little hard to see in the photo, but if you look at that blue flower shaped button on the right, you’ll see that it is stitched to a little felt tab that I die cut with Tammy’s Shortie Tabs dies.  I love the soft texture this adds to a baby project.

The tags are joined together with a ribbon wrapped O ring and the album flips open top to bottom.  I was careful to glue just the bottom edge of the ephemera so that photos could be inserted behind.  The bottom page holds another mini folio.  I just love how tiny everything is!

This folio opens book style.  The border piece is glued just on the ends so that photos can be tucked behind.

The final page contains two more mini folios.  I might add that pictures can also be mounted onto the tags themselves.  There are lots of options in the design, which I totally love.

This would be such a sweet baby shower gift or new baby gift.  And wouldn’t every proud Nana want to show off her darling grandson in an album like this?

Sweet Baby Boy Companion Card

Because I already had everything out on my desk, and because I was having such fun playing, I went ahead and made a companion card for the Baby Boy Shortie Tag Album.  I have to confess. that white wool felt flower just makes my heart happy.  It’s made with the same Floweret Posies Die that I mounted the album focal image on.  Each pass through the die cutting machine gives you 3 graduated flower layers.  I stitched them together here and then added a baby blue button.  To me, this soft layered flower makes the whole design pop.

Inside the card, I added a photo mount behind a pretty belly band.

The pocket on the bottom holds a little photo folder and a lovely ephemera card.

Oh, I do so love sweet little baby boy projects!  I hope I shared some useful ideas for  these fabulous dies that you can use in your own creative time.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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